Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/07/13

Llorens, Donofrio, Polanco, Rasmus (clockwise UL)

The Cardinals minors went 1-3 on Saturday with Peoria's 13-inning walkoff the lone winner. Chiefs relievers Joey Donofrio, Jhonny Polanco and Dixon Llorens share our Player of the Day honors for throwing eight scoreless innings, along with catcher Casey Rasmus, who scored the winning run.

Results from games played Saturday, April 6

Oklahoma City 3 at Memphis 1

Redbirds right-hander Seth Maness tossed a quality start his initial Triple-A outing, but was saddled with the loss. The 24-year old allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none on 88 pitches (65 strikes).

Oklahoma City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a two-run single. Memphis came right back to score its only run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double by Brock Peterson, scoring Kolten Wong.

Maness settled in to retire 12 of his next 14 batters before OKC tacked on its final run in the top of the sixth via a sacrifice fly. Eric Fornataro struck out two over two perfect frames in his Triple-A debut.

Batting second, Wong went 1-for-4 with a run scored, continuing his perfect three-game hit streak in Triple-A. His keystone partner Greg Garcia, hitting fifth, added two base hits and a walk.

In his second rehab appearance, St. Louis third baseman David Freese went 0-for-3 as the Redbirds' designated hitter. He lined out to right field in the first, grounded out to second base in the third, sharply lined out to second base in the sixth, and walked in the eighth.

Sunday's game: vs. Oklahoma City, 1:35 pm CT, Michael Wacha (Triple-A debut)

Corpus Christi 5, Springfield 2

On the strength of three home runs, scoring four, the Hooks topped the Cardinals in the series finale. A 1-0 game got away from the Cards in the fifth as Corpus Christi plated three. It started with a two-base error with the big blow a two-run home run against reliever Dean Kiekhefer.

Starter Anthony Ferrara went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned on seven hits and one walk. He fanned six. Kevin Siegrist allowed the final Hooks run in the eighth.

First baseman and cleanup hitter Xavier Scruggs and designated hitter Adam Melker led the Springfield offense with back-to-back solo home runs to start the seventh. Shortstop Jake Lemmerman (1-for-4), batting second, hit safely in his third straight game as a Cardinal with a single.

Sunday's game: at San Antonio, 2:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (season debut)

Charlotte 4 at Palm Beach 1

Stone Crabs' pitchers Jesse Hahn (three innings) and Jake Floethe (five frames) took a no-hitter into the ninth. Cardinals leadoff man James Ramsey drew a walk against Lenny Linsky with two outs. The reliever lost the no-no and the shutout after Palm Beach's centerfielder took second uncontested and scored on a triple to right field by Colin Walsh.

Anthony Garcia had reached in the first inning on an error as the only Palm Beach baserunner through 8 2/3 innings.

In his full-season debut, Tim Cooney allowed two runs in the first and two in the fourth, his final inning. All four runs were earned. The lefty gave up five hits, a walk and fanned three.

Relievers Iden Nazario, Brandon Creath (two innings) and Danny Miranda did their jobs well, combining for four one-hit scoreless innings. (Note an error in the MiLB scoring, which incorrectly indicates injured Aidan Lucas pitching the eighth inning instead of Miranda.)

Sunday's game: at Charlotte, 5:30 pm ET, Tyler Melling (season debut)

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 3 (13 innings)

The Chiefs and visiting Timber Rattlers gave the fans their money's worth, playing 13 innings before the home club prevailed for their first win of the season.

Casey Rasmus led the way for Peoria. With two outs in the bottom of the 13th, the catcher singled to right for his third hit of the game. Rasmus immediately stole second (his second swipe of the contest) and came home via a full-count Michael Swinson one-hopper that deflected off the third baseman's glove.

Leadoff man Swinson finished the day with two singles, a double and a walk in seven plate appearances and drove in two.

Chiefs starter Tyrell Jenkins allowed three runs on five hits over five innings while walking two and striking out one. Jenkins retired the first seven Rattlers before two scored in the third and another in the fifth. The right-hander left the game down 3-0, before the Chiefs came back to score single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to knot the score.

The Peoria bullpen was fantastic, throwing eight shutout innings on just two hits, one walk and six strikeouts. Joey Donofrio began with three hitless innings with one walk issued and two strikeouts. Jhonny Polanco added two shutout innings on one hit while striking out one. Dixon Llorens picked up the win with three shutout frames, including three strikeouts.

Sunday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 2:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (season debut)



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